MSP Margo Macdonald calls for Scots ban on vuvuzelas

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Ms Macdonald says the craze should be kept from spreading to Scotland

An MSP has called for vuvuzelas to be banned at Scottish football grounds.

Lothians MSP Margo MacDonald has told the Scottish Premier League the craze for using the horns at World Cup games should not be allowed to spread to Scots stadiums.

On Monday, World Cup organisers ruled out a stadium ban on the plastic horns, which can reach 130 decibels, following complaints from players and fans.

Ms Macdonald said police safety announcements could be drowned out.

In a letter to Scottish Premier League chief executive Neil Doncaster, the independent MSP said vuvuzelas were already selling at supermarkets in England and asked for a ban before fans start bringing them to matches in Scotland.

Ms MacDonald, the convener of Holyrood's cross-party group on sport and a Hibernian season ticket holder, claimed the vuvuzelas were "ruining" the World Cup.

She said: "As a season ticket holder for an SPL club and a football fan, there is no intention on my part to limit the enjoyment of other fans.

"But as is obvious from the mounting level of complaint, I think there is justification for the SPL to consider the matter before it becomes a problem here.

"As well as being really annoying, there is also a possible health and safety aspect, given the noise they make."

The BBC has received more than 500 complaints about the sound of the horns during its coverage of the South Africa World Cup and said it has "taken steps to minimise the noise".

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